Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Although many expect Tom Glavine to exercise his 13 million dollar player option for one more year with the Mets, it is possible to see him opt out and finish his career where he wants. You would think that would mean the Braves because it is where he pitched most of his career, it is where his family is, and he has good friends there, including John Smoltz. However, Nationals president Stan Kasten is a good friend of Glavine's from his time in Atlanta and could lure him to their new stadium for one year, around 10-11 million dollars to work with some of their young pitchers and lead that rotation. He would stay in the division, do wonders for that staff, and possibly break into coaching if some of those young pitchers improve from his work. He was 13-8 with a 4.45 ERA and 89 K and could probably put up similar numbers for another year, but the Nationals do not have the best hitting or bullpen. They rank thirteenth in the league in average, last in homeruns, and fifteenth in RBIs. For the bullpen, they had forty-six saves in seventy-three opportunities, last in the league in strikeouts, and forth in the league in homeruns given up. Obviously the Nationals would have to improve or Glavine would have to have his stuff for him to be successful, but I think Glavine knows better than all that the Nationals are not the smartest choice for a veteran who relies on good offense and an even better defense. I expect him to continue on in his career because he doesn't want to finish his career on a sour note, so if he doesn't stay with the Mets, expect him to go to the Braves, and them only.
Source: ESPN Insider